A horseback trip into the wilds of Banff National Park offers an attractive alternative to lugging a heavy backpack and being self-sufficient for camping. | ROBIN AND ARLENE KARPAN PHOTOS

Backcountry adventure reveals another side of Banff

It didn’t take long before we entered a completely different world. As we rode away from the Banff Trail Riders stables on the outskirts of Banff, Alta., we passed the last of the hikers and cyclists. We were headed to Sundance Lodge in the Banff wilderness, and until we returned two days later, we saw […] Read more

These photographs take a look at Nistowiak Falls from a variety of perspectives. | Robin and Arlene Karpan photo

Paying a visit to Saskatchewan’s most famous waterfall

A trip to Nistowiak Falls is ideal for those who want to get into the wilderness, but not go too far. It’s the most famous waterfall in Saskatchewan, both because of its beauty and accessibility. Less than 20 kilometres from the end of the road at Stanley Mission, most visitors get there by canoeing down […] Read more



This photograph, taken at Waterton National Park, shows what can be accomplished when photographing the night sky. | Robin and Arlene Karpan photo

Photographing the night sky an ideal pandemic pastime

Night photography can open up a whole new world. With travel advisories still affecting how far afield we should go, visiting familiar locales close to home at night is almost like discovering new places. Something simple like a tree in the pasture might seem unremarkable during the day, but photograph it against the core of […] Read more

Hiking, such as in Alberta’s Waterton National Park, is a good thing to do while staying close to home.  | Arlene and Robin Karpan photo

Travel restrictions revive interest in nearby attractions

Some of the biggest travel trends emerging recently have included outdoor activities, staying reasonably close to home and taking road trips in our own vehicles. The pandemic has been the main driver of this. While hope for greater travel freedom is on the horizon with continued vaccine rollouts, it seems unlikely that significant change will […] Read more


Winter camping is a completely different experience from camping at other times of the year.  | Arlene and Robin Karpan photo

This is a great year to discover joys of winter camping

Want to take an exotic winter holiday while still observing pandemic protocols and travel advisories? Winter camping fits the bill. It’s a completely different experience from camping at other times of the year, with a lot of advantages. For starters, you don’t need ice for your cooler. Many parks are almost deserted, making social distancing […] Read more

The BHP Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour draws more than 75,000 visitors a year in Saskatoon.  | Robin and Arlene Karpan photo

Light displays make Christmas holidays merry and bright

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected many of our plans this Christmas. One bright spot is drive-through light displays where we can safely experience the magic of the holiday season from our vehicles. Here are a few options from across the Prairies, keeping in mind that anything could be altered or cancelled on short notice […] Read more

Entry regulations around the world vary widely and change quickly, which is something travelers must follow closely.  | Getty Images photo

International travel promises to be extra challenging this winter

The official Canadian government travel advisory is clear: “Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.” Yet many Canadians are either making plans or thinking about a winter vacation in warmer climes. Most face a mind-boggling array of constantly changing regulations as to where they are allowed to go, where it might be safe to […] Read more


It is difficult to say if the new Aeroplan is better or worse than the old one. It will depend on how you use it. 
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Complete overhaul coming this fall for Aeroplan program

November will bring so many changes to Aeroplan, Air Canada’s points program, that it essentially becomes a new program with new rules. It is difficult to say if the new Aeroplan is better or worse than the old one. It will depend on how you use it. A major difference is that the number of […] Read more

The iconic Prince of Wales Hotel is a majestic railway hotel built in 1927 and perched on a hilltop with one of the most magnificent views in Canada.   |  Arlene & Robin Karpan photo

Waterton Lakes’ major attractions have now reopened

While all national parks went through tough times due to COVID-19, Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta had to contend with a double whammy. The pandemic struck while it was still rebuilding after the massive Kenow Fire of 2017 that burned more than one-third of the park. The townsite was spared, barely, but the […] Read more